PFZimmermanPaul Zimmerman, SC, US
Besides hosting the rose blog on Fine Gardening's website, I give talks and workshops around the country and even overseas. I've written for Fine Gardening, The Rose and numerous other publications. I also have the privilege of judging International Rose Trials throughout Europe.
Currently I reside on our farm in the upstate of South Carolina with my better half Pam, our two horses, rescue mini-mule, two dogs and 6 rescue cats. And of course over 500 roses!
If you'd like to inquire about having me speak or do a workshop I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While a rose may look dead from above the ground after a winter like the one we just had, it's too early to assume it is. This is my experience with this kind of thing.
Gardeners were wondering what the polar vortex was going to mean for their plants. I am just now finding out what it means for my roses and it means radical action is needed for some.
We continue to look at some new roses for 2014. This time it's Certified Roses.
With the crazy weather we've been having some might wonder if all the snow is good, or bad, for the roses. We have some thoughts on that.
With most of the country frozen over I thought some nice winter rose books might be in order. I found a couple I like and want to pass them on to you.
We continue our series of new rose introductions with Chamblee's Rose Nursery. Some great new roses here!
Normally, we don't do pruning or much cutting on roses until later winter when the forsythia bloom. This year I'm advising a different approach.
Some great new roses from the folks who introduced The Knock Out Rose and the Drift Series!
Winter is always a time for gardeners to dream of the coming spring. Fresh growth, a chance to start again and of course, new plants. If you are thinking about putting in a new garden bed next spring start preparing the soil now.
We are going to be periodically share with you new rose introductions for 2014. First up the roses of David Austin.
We are at the time of year many of us will be getting our first freeze. I've learned from experience to worry more about the wind speeds during them than the temperatures. Here is why and a few tips on what you can do about it.
Are your roses behaving oddly right now. Relax, it may be more normal than you think.
Fall is in the air so it's time to start thinking about getting our roses ready for winter. Here are a few simple things you start doing now.
This is the third in our series on Rose Rosette Disease. In this one we talk about what to do if you get it.
In this video post we get some new roses in the mail, deal with a fine mess, explain a hole in the garden and tour the garden after record rains.
In our last post we talked a little about the history of Rose Rosette Disease. That brings us to the next question. Can you prevent it?
Rose Rosette Disease is becoming more widely seen. Some people blame The Knock Out Roses. Are they right?
The Flower Carpet Rose line has been around for a while. They have a new generation out and after testing them in my garden I think you need to know about them.
The First Annual Biltmore International Roe Trial Jury & Awards day was held in Mid-May and the results are in!
In our fourth video blog post we see what's blooming in the garden (hint, a lot!) and we talk about deadheading.
The third in our series of video blog posts. We prepare a new bed and talk soil, See what's blooming in the garden and take a unique rose road trip.
In our second video blog post we decide to prune or not to prune, encounter some problems, are thrilled by a reaction to trimming in the last post and clean up a fine mess.
This season we are going to periodically spend some time together in my rose garden. We'll do some gardening, look at new roses, plant some roses and more. This is the first in what will be a series of video blog posts.
What should you do if spring came early and you haven't pruned yet? First of all relax and then read this post.
Up to now own-root roses have mostly been sold in smaller pots known as bands or up to one-gallon size. A new own-root product is making its way to your local garden center and you should be excited.
Taunton Press has just released my first book and we did a short commercial for it.
A lot of gardeners ask me if it's okay to prune a newly planted rose after it's first year in the garden. It's a great question!
It's pruning time and to inspire you here is a delightful video of 375 volunteers pruning one of America's largest rose garden! Includes some great footage shot by an aerial helicopter!
Winter is when our thoughts turn to ordering new roses for the garden. Besides local garden centers, mail order is an excellent way to find gems of the garden. Meet another one.
You may notice people using the phrase Old Garden Roses. What exactly is an Old Garden Rose? We have the answer!
A key to keeping beneficial insects around all year is making sure they have what they need in the way of water, host plants and places to live. Here are some tips.
Bareroot shipping season is upon us. As a refresher I'd like to share a video on how to plant them.
We've been talking about winter rose care over the last few weeks. A reader north of Boston emailed me a very practical solution and I'm sharing it with you.
Last week we gave you a tip on helping prevent winter damage to your roses. Here is another little one.
Winter is well on its way and in some parts of the country it's already here. Here is a first step to help prevent winter damage.
With the AARS rose trials closed down something new needed to take their place. Thankfully something has and it's exciting!
Many consider it a good idea to remove all the old leaves off roses over the winter. But how do you that with a large shrub or climbing rose?
Sooner or later most grower's eyes turn toward the rare and unusual. Rose Auctions are a great source and thanks to the internet everyone can participate.
If you live in an area with a true winter climate it's time to stop deadheading. Continuing may damage your roses and here is why.
What to do when deer come into your garden has as much to do about you as the deer!
The Rose Hills International Rose Trials were the first Trials of their kind in the United States and the results of their 11th trials are in!
The rose is our national flower. The American Rose Society is our national organization for everything roses. You should join.
Fall is when many nurseries put their leftover roses on sale. It's a great time to snap up bargains!
I came across this video with Steve Hutton of The Conard-Pyle Company recently. He shows his method for quick pruning roses. I love it!
In our continuing series of "Beyond Knockout. The Next Generation of Garden Roses" we meet a new collection coming to market.
The nights are turning cooler and that means our fall bloom flush is about to start. Here are some tips to make sure it's a great one.
What can you do with a rose that puts out long canes outside of cutting them back? You can peg them. It not only controls them but gives you more flowers!
Many of today's modern roses don't look, or grow, like the traditional hybrid tea rose. To the point some think they aren't "real roses". I beg to differ!
Ever wondered how new roses are created? Ever wanted to try it yourself. We have a video showing how it's done.
End of summer is a great time to pick up roses on sale at your local garden center. Here are some tips on planting them.
It's always a good idea to remove an old cane from a rose to make room for new ones. But what is the best way to do it? We have a video.
Everyone sticks their nose into a rose when they see it. Yet, many roses today have little to no fragrance. Is there hope someday they will?!
What is full sun for a rose? Can you plant a rose in dappled light? The answer is - it depends and this video shows you why and how!
When it comes to taking the fuss out of roses we can learn a lot from the Dutch.
For quite a while roses have been considered old roses or modern roses, exhibition roses or non exhibition, with each grouping thinking their's were best. Maybe there is a less confrontational way of looking at it all.
We all hate Japanese Beetles. Thankfully there is now a natural way to get rid of them and you can make it yourself!
Last Saturday I spend the day as a guest as Heirloom Roses' Festival. Why you should know about this nursery, some impressions on the day and of course photos!!
With the spring bloom flush winding down in parts of the country here are some simple chores to keep your roses looking their best!
It's never ideal to move a large rose bush in the summer. But sometime you just have to. Here are some tricks.
A few weeks ago we did a post about regularly trimming your roses. Some of you asked for pictures so we've gone one step further. We did a video!
Sometimes newly planted roses are slow to start growing. Why, and what you should do about it is this week's topic.
Sometimes roses get out of control during the growing season. Do you have to wait until "pruning time" to trim it?
Everyone grows and loves Knockout because it's so easy. Are there new garden roses being released just as easy to grow. Indeed there are!
Many mail order own root roses arrive in small band pots. We've learned what to do when they arrive but what can we do to make them thrive during their first season?
Own-root roses open the gardener up to thousands of roses offered via mail order from boutique rose nurseries. This week we have a video with some tips on what to do when they arrive in the mail.
We've talked about the difference between own-root and grafted roses. Now we'll show you!
We are having a very early spring here. In fact I didn't get all my pruning done. Here is what I'm gong to do about that and a few other things.
Proper mulching should be part of your rose feeding program. And improper mulching can actually hinder your rose feeding program
Rose breeders are artists in their own right. It takes a great deal of time, work and effort to breed new roses. More than you might think!
Roses often have a code name like "BEAdonald". What is it and can it help you when buying new roses?
Like a great deal of the country we never had a winter. Should this affect our pruning if we live in an area that normally has a dormant season. I think it should.
Rose Classes can be another useful way to find great garden roses. Here are a few of the classes where some of those beauties can be found.
Today's gardeners want roses with better health and vigor. So is the rose industry meeting this need by testing roses in way to meet that criteria. Thankfully they are!
Used to be most roses were bought as "bareroot" roses. These days there are many other ways to purchase roses and we have a look!
Preparing a new rose bed is a great way to lay a strong foundation for your roses that will last years. Here are a few tips.
Many of us grow roses organically. Wouldn't it be nice if the nursery that produced them did the same? It can be done and here's proof.
Rose pruning time is coming and I've got ten tips for you.
Preparing a new rose bed is a one-time opportunity to really get your roses off to a great start. Here are some tips to do it without breaking your back or the bank!
Roses are grouped into classes like Hybrid Tea, Floribunda and so on. But sometimes how they grow doesn't decide where they end up. Well, it should!
With rose buying season upon us it's time to explore some of the great new garden roses becoming more widely available in the United States. Meet The Easy Elegance Series.
Pruning climbing roses can be intimidating. But far less so if you know one essential thing...
Find the thought of "once flowering" roses off putting. Think again!
We've spent a little time talking about own-root vs budded roses. But of most concern to you is; which makes a better plant!?
When should you prune your roses if you live in a hot climate with no winter. How about summer!
It's never a good idea to trim roses in late fall. But just when can you do a light trim on your roses?
Some own root roses seem to grow faster than other and some seem to not do well on their own-roots at all! Why is that??
The common wisdom is you need to remove all the old soil if you are planting new roses in a bed that recently contained roses. Is this still true? Is there another way?
We learned in our last pots the line between roses bred for the garden and for the cut flower industry in the US began to blur. But meanwhile in Europe....
There is a website that in my opinion is the greatest rose resource we have. And I bet many of you have never heard of it. Well, now you will!
Last week we talked about why it seems own-root roses take longer to get established than budded ones. This week we talk about a method of growing that may be the best of both worlds.
With more and more roses being sold as own-root roses in pots, gardeners are noticing they seem to take longer to get established than budded bareroots. Why is that?
Do your roses get blackspot every fall. Relax, it's not just you!
A little extra work in fall will really help your roses get through winter in great shape. Here are few tips.
The Knockout Family of roses has showed many gardeners that garden roses are actually quite easy to grow. But what is beyond Knockout???
It is possible to move established roses. But the when and how are very important. Particularly the when.
Garden Roses quite often go through various trials and tests before then come to market. How these trials are conducted can be valuable information for you when making your rose buying choices.
As rose growing picked up again after the 2nd World War and Americans had unprecedented leisure time, roses got fussy
What is a blind shoot and should you trim them late in the fall?
We talk about taking care of garden roses. Now here is the first part in a series of ones you can purchase for your own garden.
Conventional wisdom says spring is "rose planting" time. Oh really? I beg to differ!
While roses always look great in spring by doing a few later summer chores you can make sure your fall bloom is just as good!
Have you ever noticed an odd growth on your roses that looks like witches broom. If so, we may have your answer.
Rose breeders are true artists in their own right and they can be a guide to collecting roses for your garden. But who is the world's oldest rose breeder...?
It's hot and your roses are likely losing leaves. Should you panic? We have the answer!
As rosarians we are always told to toss a cup of bone meal in the planting hole. Is it needed? Could it actually be harmful?
The huge rambling roses are stunning in full bloom. But is there a spot for them in an average sized garden. The answer is up in the trees.
Many a gardener is frustrated by a climbing rose not blooming the first season. Here is why and what you can do about it.
In the last post we did on rose history we talked about the impact of the Hybrid Tea roses. But what of Garden Roses during the Hybrid Tea era??
In the third part of the series Simple Fertilizing Of Rose we talk about using a product that is probably as old as life itself.
You may have read the that it's good to occasionally take out an old cane at the base of a climbing rose. But why should you do this and does it help. Our video answers your questions.
In our first post on a simple rose fertilizing program we talked about feeding your roses.
Watering your roses during a drought seems like a logical thing to do. But is it best in the long run???
Fertilizing programs for roses can be very complicated - and expensive. Is there an easy way to feed your roses during the season that doesn't take up a lot of time and money? There is!
Do you have a special event coming up this year in your garden? Do you want all your roses to bloom at once on that day? Here is a way you can do that!
Dreaming of a rose covered arbor bathed in blossoms? Does your dream come up short with only blooms covering top. We show you how to cover an arbor from top to bottom.
What is the proper spacing when planting roses? And why can't we pack them in like other shrubs? Well, you can....
Thrips are a real nuisance for rose growers. In this post I write about what I just learned about aphids helping control them.
You hear the term "sucker" when it comes to roses. But what actually is it and are they bad for roses?
Doing anything with climbing roses can be intimidating - particularly pruning. We have a short video with some tips to make it easy and get the best out of your climbing roses.
When you start spraying your roses can be just as important as what you use. Here is a tip to get your roses off to a great start this winter.
Planting bare root roses is an annual rite of spring. To help you we've put together a video with tips to get your roses off to a great start. And hopefully finally lay to rest the question; should you bury the bud union.
We've talked about pruning roses that grow new canes from the base. Now it's time to learn how to prune roses that build up a structure over time. We have a video to show you how.
To what height should you prune your roses? Why does there seem to be a hard, fast rule to prune low? Should we break that rule?
Gardeners always wonder when is the best time to prune roses. Here is an easy answer for you that has nothing to do with the calendar.
In a previous post we introduced you to some different ideas on pruning roses. This video shows you one technique.
One of the most debated question in roses is should you bury the bud union when planting. Here is one good reason why the answer is yes.
After pruning should you remove old leaves? It's a good idea and here is a quick way to do so.
Pruning is a word, and task, sure to strike fear in any new rose growers heart. But is the conventional way of pruning the best for Garden Roses???
You've heard about not planting new roses in soil that used to contain roses. There is truth to this and here is a simple way to deal with it.
The snowfall we just had in the Southeast isn't normal for us. Should we worry about snow on the roses?
In the late 1800s a new class of roses was introduced that changed everything.
Removing old canes should be part of any rose maintenance program. But how do you know it's old, how much do you take out?
Happy Holidays to all.
Mulch has many qualities including weed suppression, decorative, keeping the soil most and disease prevention. Did I say disease prevention?!
Roses begin to be divided into those for the garden and those for exhibition.
How do you prevent rose canes from snapping off during winter winds? A few tips for how and when.
Before you settle down for Thanksgiving take a walk outside and give thanks.
It's time to stop snipping the old blooms off your roses so they get ready for winter.
There can be some confusion about how to treat young climbing roses come pruning time. So let's clear that up!
Rose breeding was left to the birds and the bees until Mr. Bennett came along and completely changed the profession.
Scrap Metal makes unique and whimsical structures to climb roses onto. And they don't cost much!
Roses in containers are wonderful in the garden. But what do you do when Old Man Winter comes into your garden?
I got a question the other day from a reader asking what kind of "trellis" should they use for a climbing rose. Wire, wood, something else? The answer is easier than you think!
Healthy soil = healthy roses = better disease resistance. Here is what I do to keep my soil healthy and alive.
The rose is one of the most diverse garden plants there is. It falls into the hands of our Independent Rose Nurseries to keep them available to you. In this post we introduce you to one.
Own Root Roses are becoming more and more popular. But what is the difference between them and grafted roses? We have a video that shows you.
With Autumn just around the corner we want to not only enjoy the fall flowering but also get our roses ready for winter.
Meet a tough, beautiful and fragrant rose. Great for almost any garden.
If your roses are growing out of control during the summer why do you have to wait for "pruning season" to trim them? Or do you....?
Can stopping spraying roses actually help prevent disease? It just might.
Can you transplant a rose in the middle of summer while it's actively growing. With a few simple tips you'll be surprised on easy it can be.
As we continue a little rose history we find them heading west with the early pioneers.
Instead of constantly spraying your roses with chemicals to prevent disease try this simple and inexpensive way to quickly take care of any outbreak.
In this post we introduce the first of many Garden Roses we'll be discussing that are easy to grow in any garden.
Everyone says not to overhead water roses because it leads to blackspot. But what if overhead watering timed right actually reduced blackspot???
The various parts of a rose can be confusing. Bud-eye, bud-union, five leaflet leaf set; the list goes on. Here is a short video that shows you what they are on your roses.
The history of roses is a fascinating one and so we are going to sprinkle a little here and there amongst the care tips and videos. I hope you enjoy it.
We showed you some summer clean up tips for your roses in a previous video. In this one we'll cover some tips on watering, spraying and more.
During hot weather there are some things you can do for your roses. And sometimes it may actually involve less watering!
Deadheading roses seems to come with hard fast rules not to be broken. Are those rules really necessary?
Sometimes showing someone how to do something in a video is so much easier than telling them in words. This is part of a series of videos we do and this one gives you some tips on summer clean up of your roses.
I bet you always wanted to grow roses but were afraid or intimidated by them. In fact, there are a lot of roses easy to grow and with this first post we begin showing you what they are and how to care for them.
Learn the secret of blanketing a trellis in blooms.